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There is fun knowing you are going into a book and certain things will happen. You know that Eve and Roarke will have a few romantic evenings during the book and Eve will catch the bad guy. Eve is primary on the scene as she sees the victim die but doesn’t see the actual cut that bled out the gossip columnist in the bar. As the case progresses we find out that no one liked the dead woman and it comes out she has been blackmailing people and making a tidy amount of money for herself in the process. By the end you find out why the victim is the way she is and the reader is reminded that Eve will get justice for her no matter the type of person she is.





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Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception

by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison



A reporter has been trying to investigate a cult of a self-help guru that some of her followers kill themselves for no apparent reason. Chloe lost her fiancé to Astrid and her group and she will not stop until she finds the reasons for it. By the end of this collection you have some idea of what the cult is about but no real conclusions. It was a bit too creepy for me so I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next one.


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When a princess doesn’t speak her royal parents will do anything to get her to talk. A tiger takes them up on the offer and gets her to talk. A simple kids story with very good art.




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This collection covers the story arc Black Mould. Semi sentient mold is attacking people and the only thing they have in common is the landlord. I like this one because we get Sahra throughout the entire story. Also Peter uses chemistry along with magic in this story to try and solve the problem. The one shots at the end of the collection are good as always but you need to have read through Foxglove Summer to know everyone they refer to. Overall a fun read and barely enough to keep me going while I wait for the next novel.


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My library was offering several short stories as audio books so I gave it a try.

I read a lot of Seanan’s McGuire’s stuff and I wasn’t disappointed in this at all. It is a standalone story and give a good sense of what makes a great writer. The story covers a teen girl whose mother is a real mermaid with the carnival she travels with. As the story unfolds you find out that this is the only life she has ever known and everyone is family. But they have returned to a town they haven’t been to in 17 years and some people have a long memory. A good buildup and a bittersweet ending to this story.



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I’ve been reading these because I read the author’s Psy-Changeling series. This is currently the last of the series of novellas that follow each band member finding a long term partner. This one focus on Sarah and Abe, who were previously married and Sarah left him due to emotional neglect and drug use. As the previous stories unfolded you see Abe getting clean and realizing what he screwed up with Sarah. There is of course a HEA in this and the author has stated that she might come back to this setting at some point in the future.



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Nothing really new in this one except Stephanie actually goes undercover in an ice cream plant to help Ranger out. The relationship needle points more to Ranger with this one versus Morelli. Stephanie makes her way through life bumbling along and getting in and out of scrapes. If it wasn’t for Ranger’s trackers on her I don’t think she would have survived so long.
A fun light read much like a 30 minute sitcom.



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The latest in The Others series has the Courtyard secretly hosting the Elders as they observe the humans that live there. A known troublemaker moves in and is being allowed to stay only because he is related to Lt. Montgomery. His family knows he causes strife and is always looking for the easy way to slide through life. But the Elders want to see what happens. There is progression with Sam and Meg. For the most part this felt more like a book of smaller stories and things happening to lots of people to set up future stories set in this universe. Over all I enjoyed it but I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting here at all in the series.





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This one starts with the case finding Eve instead of being dispatched to the scene. She and Roarke rescue a woman wandering on the road covered in blood and find out her husband has been murdered. The minor twist to this one is no one liked the murder victim but there is no obvious suspect.  Turns out this is an escalation from someone who has broken into a few homes with robbery and rape on their mind along with terrorizing the victims.  A nice solid story and an enjoyable read.


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Hellblazer: The Family Man
by Jamie Delano, Richard Foreman, Ron Tiner, Sean Phillips, Steve Pugh, Dean Motter, Dick Foreman


This collection is from the original run on Hellblazer. Most of this collection has John dealing with human matters than with magical ones. The best part is the section with the serial killer he helps by chance and then does everything he can to make it right. John pays for his actions in a very personal way but in the end good does triumph over evil in this collection.

Overall a good collection and it can be read out of order since I read a later collection before reading this one.



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This novella can be read by itself or before or after books 1 and 2.  The story is cute and sweet and the only hurdle between them is Thea doesn’t date clients but David works hard to woo her heart in a way that appeals to her and has her overcome her previous heartbreak and trust issues.


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This couple has lots of issues to overcome in order to ever get together. Kit had her heart stomped by Noah after he felt life their friendship was getting too close for comfort. Noah is a known womanizer in the band.  He never spends more than one night with a woman and never lets them stay the night. Kit hid her hurt from Noah and the rest of the band since they were all friends together before any of them hit the big time.  When Kit goes to an event with Noah as a favor and the gossip rags decide there is something there it looks like it will really help Kit secure a new role in a blockbuster film. So now they have to fake a love relationship for the cameras while trying to see if they can actually work together.  Secrets that Noah has kept from Kit do come out and true loves wins in the end.


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Keep Kleenex nearby when you read this collecting of vignettes about writers feeling on the Pulse shootings.  Some used their personal feelings and dramatic retellings of the events, others used comic characters they are working on to show their reactions to the attack.  I had to take breaks reading this because of the emotions reading this brought about. This is a moving tribute to the people that suffered at the hands of the shooter and an emotional read.



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The first in a series of contemporary romances, I read book 2 first and the events in book 1 and 2 overlap but since I knew the couple in this book would be dating it really didn’t ruin the story for me since this was more about how they got together and overcome having a relationship in the spotlight.  This was a fun light read and I picked it up because I read her other series I’ll continue with this series for when I want some nice light reading.







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I grabbed this one from the library as an easy comfort read without realizing I am skipping a few of the previous collections.  Each story does stand on its own but several of the stories do build on previous short stories in the last few books that I missed. This just means that I have more reason to get caught up.  There were more stories that dealt with life outside of Valdemar and several that you really didn’t know when in the time line they happened and that was a nice change.   Good solid stories in a setting that is familiar to readers of the series.


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Blackthorn is still chaffing under the restrictions of her deal with Conmael and Grim is under some stringent requirements to build a special house for a local lord. War is coming to their area with fighters coming into the lands and they want to talk to Blackthorn and her nemesis has taken the lands of Lady Flidais’ family.  Everything wraps up by the end of the book and it feels great.
This is a wonderful trilogy and I’m glad that a friend recommend the first one to get me started.




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This thin black and white comic is great understanding people that don’t believe they have their lives together. I first found out about the art from people posting very bookish cartoons by this artist on social media and the non book drawings are just as fun.  A great book to give a gift to someone or to get for yourself.



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Hellboy, Vol. 11: The Bride of Hell and Others by Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan


Somehow I missed reading and reviewing this collection.  It is a collection of one shots which is probably why I never thought I was missing a part of the series. Some of these are great for a taste of Hellboy without having to get all the backstory. What I like most of all is everyone is fine when they see him. No one freaks out and he must explain himself over and over. The last story in the collection was a great giggle.


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This book is supposed to deal with Anita going to Ireland and helping with a vampire problem. Ireland doesn’t have vampires or at least that is what the public thinks so when people are being attacked it turns out that they do have one and they don’t know what to do since they have no laws in place.   The first half has Anita doing her power up thing through sex and having something happen that has never happened before and her also being blind to facts she has been told in previous books but doesn’t want to face.

The second half has Anita dealing with the police and the usual crowd of we don’t like you and your powers or your personal life. It seems that necromancers are not welcome in Ireland and the “land” doesn’t allow for the power to work.  The last bit is the usual cramming of the solution to the plot problem in the last 30 pages.  The biggest problem I have is the first half pounds it into the reader that she needs guards everywhere but for the plot to be wrapped up she seems not to need that many guards with her at that moment.



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The eighth book in the series feels like a turning point in the overall story arc. For the most part the three druids are apart moving along in their lives.  Atticus is working on vampire killing, Owen is going to start a school and Granuaile is working with the Polish witches to evade Loki’s divination powers.  Things get rolling quickly at the end but it is a bit of slow build up with some pieces setting in motion for later books. A good read that picks up speed very quickly in the end.


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